2 Apr 2015

Mills retires from cricket

11:59 am on 2 April 2015

The Black Caps pace bowler Kyle Mills has retired from all cricket after an illustrious 17-year career.

The 36-year-old represented New Zealand in 170 one day internationals, 42 Twenty20s and 19 Tests and finishes as the country's second highest ODI wicket-taker with 240 scalps to his name.

Kyle Mills is congratulated after bowling Mohammad Hafeez in the first over

Kyle Mills is congratulated after bowling Mohammad Hafeez in the first over Photo: Photosport

Mills, who has been a part of three ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments, walks away from the game with fond memories.

"It's been an honour and privilege to play cricket for my country over the past 14 years and I will miss it greatly.

"However the time is right for me to step away from playing this great game and devote more time to my family who have sacrificed so much for me to keep playing the game I love," said Mills.

The New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White says he'll most remember Mills for a devastating spell of bowling in 2008.

"He knocked over the England Test team's top-order during his match-winning spell at Hamilton, dismissing in quick succession Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen."

The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says Mills will be missed within the team.

"It's sometimes forgotten that over the course of his career Kyle has consistently been ranked in the top 10 ODI bowlers in the world and for a long time held the top spot," said Hesson.

"To have the longevity that Kyle's had takes an incredible work ethic and desire to represent your country.

"On top of what he's achieved on the field, he's also a fantastic bloke and a great team man. He's a natural leader who did a superb job of captaining the side in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka last year."

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